Afghan girl's torturers get 10 years jail
The case of a tortured Afghan child bride whose treatment shocked the world has led to three members of her husband's family being jailed for 10 years, an official said Saturday.
Sahar Gul, 15, who was burned and beaten and had her fingernails pulled out was found in the basement of her husband's house last December in northeastern Baghlan province, where she had been locked in a toilet for six months.
'The court sentenced her father-in-law, mother-in-law and sister-in-law each to 10 years in prison on Tuesday,' Afghanistan's supreme court spokesman Abdul Wakil Omari told AFP.
A rights group, Women for Afghan Women which helped Gul in the court case, said it was not satisfied with the sentence.
'We are not happy with the sentence, we are going to help her appeal,' programme manager Huma Safi told AFP. 'How can someone get only 10 years in prison for torturing a girl to almost death.'
|Because it's a backwards, Muslim country...|
Gul, whose case attracted widespread attention in Afghanistan and abroad, attended the court session in Kabul.
|They are actually being punished after a proper trial. The entire community must be in shock that it actually went to trial in the first place, so swallow hard and accept this first step, Mr. or Ms Safi. |
'When she first entered the court and saw her in-laws, she was afraid and shaking, but later she calmed down and asked for death penalty for her in-laws,' Safi said.
Gul's husband and her brother in-law, also allegedly involved in torturing her, are still at large.
Posted by: Steve White 2012-05-06